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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1970-02-05

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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1970-02-05

Topics Live concert

China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Big Boss Man, Black Peter, Mason's Children, The Eleven, Not Fade Away, Cumberland Blues, Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard and Audience (see notes)
Lineage SBD MR > C > D > CD + AUD low-gen
Taped by
Transferred by H.B. and Uli T.


Tracks 1 to 4 are from the AUD tape.
Track 5 is SBD except 7:12 onwards patched from AUD.
Tracks 6 to 12 are SBD.
This is all that currently circulates according to Deadlists.

pitch correction, EQ'ing & CD mastering by H.B., 4/02
thanks to Uli for the AUD tape!


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2016
Subject: Home from the bust on Bourbon St

A partial show exists from what may have been an even better one (sheflinm has the real setlist, below). It was moved downtown from the night before at Family Dog (the one that has the jam with Santana, featured on Night at the Family Dog DVD, and the Download Series official release), for the start of a 4-night run at the Fillmore West (out of 5 at home). This run was immediately followed by 6 shows in 3 days at the Fillmore East (the shows on Bear's Choice & Dick's 4). Feb 7 has the cool Rider (on the Fillmore 69 box) and the stellar Black Peter. Between Mason's and The Eleven there's probably a missing Other One Suite y quien sabe qué más? In the B & P days this showed up sometimes as undated filler.

First Set. Jer plays pedal steel on two George Jones songs. It's said that after Jer picked up a pedal steel in Colorado he wanted a couple showcase songs, but the idea didn't last (with extra setup and because it was featured in the NRPS anyway). Seasons was played only five times - all but one in this 1-month period. It's a curio and not very Dead-ish. Too bad we only have AUD for Race is On. Big Boss Man is not the best but still good and suggests there's more SBD somewhere. Black Peter was, at this point, just starting to stretch out. This is one of the longest starts for Mason's Children which is creaky then better. The cut in the hot The Eleven frustrates but the following jam makes up for it. GDtRFB has a China Cat riff except Jer is playing Bobby's part. Cumberland is solid.
Overall = B- / 3 stars

The great sequence from The Eleven to Caution is the point of this date.

SOURCES: The hanno is the best source - the one that's been compiled and corrected, allowing us to piece together the set list. Black Peter is pitched 3% too fast. For Seasons of My Heart through Black Peter the cousin it source [posted as 2/8] has better clarity but it's pitched 2% too fast. Big Boss Man is a bonus on Bear's Choice.
Reviewer: sheflinm - - February 6, 2016
Subject: Set List
Because someone posted another set list of unclear origin, and because the gap in time between Mason's Children and The Eleven probably can't be long enough to accommodate it, this is from Deadlists:

Seasons Of My Heart
The Race Is On
Big Boss Man
Black Peter
Mason's Children
Cryptical Envelopment >
Drums >
The Other One >
The Eleven >
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) Jam >
And We Bid You Good Night Jam >
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) >
Not Fade Away >
Cumberland Blues

Uncle John's Band [7:30]
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 6, 2016
Subject: Not Fade Away
Seasons of my Heart= pretty rare.
(but you can find better sound quality)

From Mason's on with the Soundboard
is a headlight
A serious amount of jamming here!
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2015
Subject: Hidden Gem!
Perhaps the most underrated set of February 1970, there is some remarkable music in here. Fantastic interplay during Mason's, especially the second instrumental which features some amazing work from Lesh and Weir. The Eleven is engaging though fairly non-descript, but the gorgeous thematic jamming out of the song is truly wonderful (sounds like there's an unlisted China Cat jam/tease in there also). Caution is a smoking rendition, with NFA ending with a cool reprise of the Caution theme, before heading into a typically strong 1970 Cumberland to close out this great little set!
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2014
Subject: throwback
The Eleven>Caution dazzles.

Set 1: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Big Boss Man, Black Peter, Mason's Children, The Eleven, Not Fade Away, Cumberland Blues, Uncle John's Band

Set 2: Smokestack Lightning, Morning Dew, Dire Wolf, Me & My Uncle, Sitting on Top of The World, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, It Hurts Me Too, Dark Star > St. Stephen > Not Fade Away > St. Stephen, Lovelight
Reviewer: Gwydion6 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2013
Subject: The Eleven
I have been completely addicted to this version of The Eleven ever since it was featured as Jam of the Week at

The China Cat Sunflower and Bid You Goodnight snippets are a delight. Overall this version is really delightfull, it starts so laid-back before going on to the usual madness. And the vocals are crystal clear too.

And there's also Pigpen playing organ, something not very common around this time, when he used to sit out in most of the complex songs. To me, to hear him play organ in The Eleven brings me to tears as it reminds me of the innocent pre-TC years when he was a fully working member (and not just someone that would stand behind a pair of congas most of the show)
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 6, 2013
Subject: --
While flawed on many levels & at many points, the energy of this is undeniably magical, particularly the NFA > Cumberland and the ending of the at first tentative Uncle John's Band. For me this is enough to elevate it to four stars, and if the rest of the show had been this good it would be off the chart. I actually prefer the warm, phasing AUD patches to the SBD, which has way too much treble, fixable with some EQing.
Reviewer: Mr. Insight - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2013
Subject: Mason's > 11
Ahh, to hear what happens between Mason's Children and The 11. Of all the Dead show tape flip space outs, this ranks among the most vexing. Spoiler alert: 11 goes all bid you goodnight with a touch of china cat before committing to a classic, late-McKernon Caution.
Reviewer: Hung, Wae-lo - - August 14, 2012
Subject: New Speedway Boogie in Big Boss Man
Jerry jam a very New Speedway Boogie type jam in the middle of Big Boss Man, would've made an interesting sandwich.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2008
Subject: Description doesn't match playlist
Description does NOT match the Playlist. The first 4 tracks and the last track are poor quality recordings (Audience). Mason's Children is recorded twice, the first time is a clean soundboard track, the second time (last track) is a poor (audience) track. Mason's Children through Uncle John's Band is soundboard quailty and worth having. The rest is optional. It's mind over matter. If you don't don't matter.

Make sure you get a copy of the poster for this show by clicking the Deadlists Projects link and clicking POSTERS and copying it. MUSHROOM...I can say no more...

Thank you for sharing your shows with all of us, thanks for the love. Acts of Kindness make the world a better place for everyone. Thanks for the love, I will pass it on.
Reviewer: lemon lime partridge - - December 20, 2007
Subject: incredible mason's
oh my good lord...i always liked the mason's from jan 2, 1970 but this has to be a new favorite...what a fantastic mix on the drums...this mason's just pops and crunches and jitters like crazy...if you're just passing by be sure to dig this version! it goes to an AUD or degraded SBD at the end but you still have to hear it!
Reviewer: philphanatic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2006
Subject: heeh
i love mason's children because my name is mason
Reviewer: Zaleric - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2006
Subject: Dead List Has it Right
It appears that this set list is wrong,however appears to have it right
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2006
Subject: There are 4 quick acoustic songs at first not listed
Race is on and a couple of others. Mason's Children - The song list is completely wrong The Eleven>Caution>NFA and both rock.
Reviewer: familiarfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 2, 2006
Subject: Agree
Previous reviewer, you ain't kiddin'!
Reviewer: A.J.K. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 17, 2004
Subject: the best Mason's Children?
Quite possibly.
Reviewer: JohnOO - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2004
Subject: Great show
This is a great show (pity you don't get the full show), if you have heard Dick's Picks 4, you will hear a load of the themes from this run at the Fillmore West developed fully. Thank God for the archive!
The first four songs come from an OK sounding audience recording (OK for a 34 year old recording that is), and apart from the tail end of Mason's Children, the rest is from an almost crystal clear sound board recording (the bass is a bit low in the mix, in my opinion).
Worth a listen!
Reviewer: jeeves - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2004
Subject: no china>rider
I didn't hear China>Rider and there's some filler here I believe. Also, some of the tracks are muddy for a SBD with dead spots. But hey its 1970, can't complain. That being said, this show simply smokes. It's so good that you should disregard anything I said about the sound. Its GD at their very best. 69/70 was a grate period for such a prolific band. This is testament to that. Enjoy =)
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